Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square, confirmed in a tweeted message that is destined for Africa on Wednesday, but announced that he would return and temporarily move to the continent for at least three months in 2020.
“Sad to be leaving the continent for now,” Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday. “Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020.”
The 43-year-old tech exec was in Ethiopia Africa with a large team this week, as part of a month-long tour across the continent that he tweeted he was making in October. He said he would be meeting with entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Dorsey is known for his world travels and sometimes-eccentric practices. He said he was in Melbourne, Australia in September, and in Myanmar last December, where he said he celebrated his birthday with a 10-day silent vipassana meditation.
Dorsey appears to have continued his vipassana practice, tweeting a picture from his third 10-day vipassana meditation in South Africa last week. But the majority of his trip appears to have been spent meeting with the tech community across the country.
Jack Dorsey’s visit stands in stark contrast with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 2020 goal to host public discussions on the future of technology in society, which has drawn attention for its lack of diversity .
Africa, much of which lacks the infrastructure of countries in the Western world, has traditionally been treated as an afterthought by many of the big tech companies.
What remains a misery is whether the Mr Dorsey’s trip to Africa signals a change remains to be seen. we welcome him to Uganda which is so far struggling with embracing technology as a whole.